12 Words from St. John Vianney to the 21st Century on the Importance of Prayer

TOM PERNA

Realizing that the season of Lent is nearly upon us, there is the chance many people are trying to decide what they should “give up” for this penitential season at the last minute. During the season of Lent, we enter the desert with our Lord Jesus Christ and turn our attention to three important practices – Praying, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Instead of giving something up this year, why not do something instead.

Prayer is one of the most important practices during Lent, however, it shouldn’t be just during the penitential seasons we are praying more, we should be praying all the time and without ceasing. As St. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”

St. Teresa_of_AvilaPrayer, first and foremost, is our simple conversation with God, as St. Teresa of Avila teaches us. However, we can also offer up God our work as prayer that we might do a good…

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